This weekend, Fearless Comedy will be putting on Die Laughing, a fifty hour comedy marathon. Right now, it looks like we might get hammered with a massive snow storm as the event starts but that doesn’t matter. We’re going to make this show happen.
The good news is that the entire event will be streaming so you can watch it even if you decide to cower in your home. And I’ll be doing a lot of performing that weekend. Here’s a schedule if you are just going nuts wondering when I’ll be on stage again.
Friday, April 4th, 7:00 PM – Big Fun Radio Funtime
We’ll be doing encore presentations of two of our favorite scripts and then Geoffrey Brown and I will perform 30 minutes of original Citizens’ Band tunes! We’ll also introduce our weekend long songwriting challenge.
Friday, April 4th – 10:00 PM – Vilification Tennis
There will be insults a-plenty and Duck Washington will debut as our newest cast member! Also, Kelvin Hatle will present his brilliant “News from Lake Vilbegone.”
Friday, April 4th – 11:00 PM – Geeks Without God
We’ll be recording a live podcast featuring comedian Patrick Bauer. The topic will be Tarantino movies. Pop culture reference!
Saturday, April 5th – 4:00 PM – PowerPoint Karaoke
I’ll be sitting in judgement on comedians who are making up a presentation from scratch! Is it far that I judge them? Yes it is fair! For I am ME and I SHALL wield petty power!
Saturday, April 5th – 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Hosting
I won’t be the star of the show but I’ll be introducing them!
Sunday, April 6th – 1:00 AM – Geeks Without God
Our second live podcast will feature Elizabeth Ess! We are going to talk about Hobby Lobby and birth control. Should be totally filled with comedy about knitting. There is also a decent chance I’ll be bald at this point.
Sunday, April 6th – 2:00 PM – Judging a Book By It’s Cover
I’ll be hosting this silly game in which contestants must describe the plot of a book based only on the cover illustration.
Sunday, April 6th – 6:00 PM – The Dregs
The Dregs will be doing our music and comedy thing with a special challenge to help raise money. Song choices go to the highest bidder!
Sunday, April 6th – 8:00 PM – Fearless Lab
A completely random hour of Fearless Comedy! And I’m the host! If Geoffrey and I get paid to write any songs, we’ll be performing them during this final hour of the marathon! It’ll be awesome! I’m using all exclamation points because I’ll probably be hopped up on Five Hour Energy Drink at this point in the weekend!
To be fair, I’m expecting most people in Kentucky believe this anyway. Forcing the dept of Homeland Security to post a plaque acknowledging the contributions of God really feel like a violation of church and state, though, doesn’t it? The Kentucky courts, for some reason, don’t actually see it that way.
Actually, the Kentucky supreme court has refused to hear challenges to the law so it becomes difficult to determine exactly how the courts see it.
But let’s be clear here, if god is responsible for protecting us from terrorism, we have put our faith in the wrong guy. I don’t know if anyone else was paying attention on Sept 11th, 2001 but I didn’t see a big divine hand inserting itself between those airplanes and those buildings.
Passing a law saying god will protect us from terrorism after god has already failed to do so is like hiring a guy to stop people from shoplifting at Wal-Mart after you watched a video in which he was ignoring his friends who were shoplifting at Wal-mart.
Thursday night at 10:00 PM, I’ll be a “Celebrity” guest judge for Theatre Arlo’s PowerPoint Karaoke.
As an improv structure/show, PPK is one of my absolute favorites. Bill and Melissa do a great job coming up with hilarious slides and they are always able to get a great lineup of comedians to assist. This week’s presenters are Jill Bernard & Eric Heiberg, Joseph Scrimshaw, Sharon Stiteler and Tim Uren.
There is no false humility at work when I publicly wonder what I did right to appear on the same stage as these other wonderfully talented comedians. Frankly, I agreed to judge because I figured it was a great way to get myself into the show for free.
I know it’s a little late on a school night but I can’t recommend the show highly enough. The premise is funny. The slides are funny. The people are funny. They sell beer there. What’s not to like?
For information on other performing I do around the Twin Cities and on the web, you can always check out my upcoming performances page on this site.
Note: These are my thoughts about some of the issues facing CONvergence. They should not be construed as policy decisions, policy recommendations or as a dismissal of the point of view of anyone making suggestions for the convention. I’m just thinking out loud.
Once CONvergence is over, the inevitable parade of commentary begins on what would help make the convention better. I don’t hate this commentary. I welcome it. One comment we hear almost constantly is “x panel needs a bigger room” and while the comment is absolutely fair, the response is not so easy.
There were a few low points at CONvergence 2012 but they aren’t even worth mentioning. Most of them had to do with last minute planning failures and my complete inability to sleep past 7:30, even when I went to sleep at 5:00 A.M.
So forget that stuff, here’s some of my best moments from CONvergence 2012 (more or less in chronological order):
Having complely killed at Power Point Karaoke today, I’m sharing my performance from last year’s panel. It was the first time it had been done at CONvergence and I had to go first. I think I did OK.
This year I killed it. I know I keep saying that. But I totally killed it.